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La Liga preview and odds: Real Madrid vs. Las Palmas

Published on: 30/10/2015

La Liga preview and odds: Real Madrid vs. Las Palmas

October 31, 2015 16:00pm – Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

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Joint-top meets joint-bottom on Saturday afternoon when La Liga giants Real Madrid welcome Canary Island minnows Las Palmas to the Bernabeu Stadium.

Real Madrid remain only unbeaten side

With nine games played, it looks like normal service has been resumed at the top of La Liga table as the pre-season favourites occupy the top-three places in the table. However, it is Rafa Benitez’s unbeaten Real Madrid side that sit on top of the pile ahead of this weekend’s games.

The recently-appointed coach has led his home town club to six wins and three draws by scoring a total of 21 goals and conceding just three. No team has scored more or conceded less than Los Blancos. Despite this fact, the former Liverpool boss has still been on the end of some criticism in some quarters. However, the dissenting voices have become less apparent over the last couple of weeks.

The 10-time European champions now face a side from the opposite end of the table who are coming to terms with life under a new Coach.

Setien with first point in the bag

In his first game in charge of a La Liga team, new Las Palmas boss Quique Setien picked up a valuable point at home to Villarreal. That result brought a welcome end to a three-game losing streak for the Canary Island club and moved them up to 18th place in the table.

Los Amarillos now face the difficult task of playing the unbeaten giants of Spanish football in their own backyard on Saturday afternoon. With limited experience at this level, the Cantabrian Coach now has a great chance to prove his credentials by pitting his wits against one the top names in the business. The last time the islanders visited the Bernabeu in 2002 they were well beaten by seven goals to nil. Team news

Madrid may have to make do without Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal who are all suffering from various injuries. Meanwhile, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema could both return from spells on the side-lines.

Recent form (League)

Real Madrid: WWDDW

Las Palmas: DLLLW

Betting odds and tips

Real Madrid have never lost at home to their visitors and will be clear favourites for this game, so there is little value to be had in backing the home team. However, the new opposition Coach will try to make life as difficult as possible for the league leaders, and you can get a huge price of 25/2 from Marathon bet if you fancy a speculative punt on the draw.

Christiano Ronaldo seems to be finding his scoring touch once again and can be backed at 2/1 with Betfred to score the first goal in this match.

Published on: 30/10/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (30/10/2015 17:15:03) but are subject to change.